History of Olympic Pictograms overcoming the language barrier

Pictograms for the 1968 Mexico Olympics, designed by Lance Wyman (image: Virtual Olympic Games Museum)

 

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In a paper on the history of Olympic design and national history, Jilly Traganou, an associate professor at The New School, writes:

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Keep reading: Smithsonian – The History of the Olympic Pictograms: How Designers Hurdled the Language Barrier

San Diego’s Comic-Con is becoming the Sundance/Cannes for television

Think of it as TV’s Comic-Cannes.

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More than 80 television series courted the crowds at Comic-Con last year with premieres, panels and promotional events. This year in San Diego, the numbers are just as high – and the visibility even greater 다운로드.

“It’s become a tentpole for us,” says Richard Licata, executive vice president, communications, for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television, echoing the sentiments of many network and studio marketing and publicity heads 다운로드. “It’s the Super Bowl of response.”

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Source: Hero Complex – Comic-Con: Television is a conquering hero

 

 

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